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A-Campin’ They Should Go:

2011 Summer Camp Directory Inside!

Meltdown on Aisle 5!

Disciplining Your Child in Public

Conquer the Clutter Helpful Tips to Get Organized at Home

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Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman and Terry Gilkyson Book Adapted and Additional Lyrics by Marcy Heisler Music Adapted and Arranged by Bryan Louiselle Based on the Screenplay by Larry Clemmons Based on the Novel The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling DISNEY’S JUNGLE BOOK KIDS

is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: (212) 541-4684 Fax: (212) 397-4684

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Infant and Toddler

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You have choices in your child’s education.

Choose Central Montessori Academy and you will have chosen a learning environment designed to nurture and cultivate the learning process. Central Montessori Academy is a place of discovery, curiosity, respect and enthusiasm. It is a place for children who are students of life just as they are of math and reading. The result is a well-educated, confident, thoughtful and happy child who is encouraged to develop at his or her own pace. If you have been expecting more from your child’s education, you now have a choice. Call Central Montessori Academy or visit our website to learn more. • 513-742-5800 •

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The Gardner School, an award-winning academically focused preschool for ages 6 weeks to Private Kindergarten. Here, each child’s day includes personal attention, gentle guidance and developmentally appropriate activities, as well as a healthy dose of fun and laughter. For more information, please visit our website at or call our Executive School Director to schedule your personal tour.

We don’t just think we’re the BEST… our parents SAY so! Come see why!

Thank you Cincinnati families for voting us your #1 child care 3 years in a row! The Gardner School of Blue Ash 9920 Carver Road Cincinnati, OH 45242 (513) 985-9444

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The Catskill Puppet Theatre presents Sister Rain and Brother Sun at the Cincinnati Playhouse Saturday, Feb. 19. Also find many other family events this month.

Account Managers Maggie Arvidson, Ginny Corsini, Amy Cowden

Distribution Manager Jonathan McCormack


How to manage your child in public when he misbehaves.

An organizational expert offers tips to help conquer the clutter.


Summer Camp How-To Plan now for your child’s summer camp experience to get the adventure you want.


The Cincinnati Opera presents This Little Light of Mine; plus Cincinnati and NKY Family magazines’ 2011 Summer Camp Adventure Fair, giveaways and more.

A Cincinnati family finds hope in a tragedy, protecting your family’s skin and more.

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summer dreamin’

ince I’m now a mom who has been there, done that, I take great pleasure in navigating the pathways of seasoned motherhood. It’s kind of like when you move onto your second child; suddenly the mothering thing is kinda easy! So it’s February, and guess what? All four of my kids are set with their summer plans. Jealous? Don’t be. I’ve been a mom for 17 years, so I’d better know what I’m doing by now (but don’t worry, I still get plenty cases of parent amnesia!). Meanwhile, the economy isn’t getting any easier to manage, at least not where my grocery bills are concerned, but I can’t have my kids sitting around the house all day for three months, you know? Seasoned moms know that all the big events of family life need planning for: birthdays (lest you find yourself unhappily prowling Target toys the night before your child’s big day), special dress days at school like “Tie Dye” day or green for St. Patrick’s Day (you need to have all of this stuff well in advance of the moment it’s asked for); spring clothing come warmer weather in sizes that reflect a grown inch or two; and don’t forget how you need to be ready for each and every holiday. But summer means summer camps and that takes planning NOW. Each of my kids will do at least one camp this year. After nine years as a camper herself, my 17-year-old moves onto counseling at a residential camp this year. She jumped up and down for joy when she received the call offering her the position. It’s her turn to be responsible for a cabin full of girls, to demonstrate the leadership she observed during all of the summers before and to pump it all up with loads of fun. She’s a fun girl; a lot of that fun she discovered during two-week sessions away from home. My 15-year-old will be a counselor-in-training during the same time that my 12-year-old is a camper at the same residential camp. It’s a traditional camp with fishing, swimming, zip lining, sports, nightly mischiefs, bonfires and camaraderie. And my 8-year-old will be launching out of the gate, too. He’ll join his big brothers for the very first time. He’s heard about all of their adventures, so he’s dying to discover what they already know. And guess what? They are all going at the exact same time for two weeks. That means my husband and I will have two weeks ... alone! Imagine that! We haven’t had that experience since before our daughter was born. Since we run the magazine together, we are all about loving our jobs and kids — plus we don’t have any immediate family to parcel our children off to even if we could get away. So I’m starting to dream about what we might do during those two weeks come June. Hey, isn’t that enough to get you going on your summer plans for your kids?

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Exciting family theatre at the Playhouse

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Saturdays through March 12, 2011 Sister Rain and Brother Sun

February 19, 2011• Featuring the Catskill Puppet Theatre When Sister Rain becomes jealous of Brother Sun and stops watering the earth, Mother Nature and the audience must save the day in this musical tale.

Jungle Tales February 26, 2011 • Featuring Antonio Rocha Take a trip into the jungles of Brazil and Africa in this blend of storytelling, movement and fantastic sound effects.

Sleeping Beauty

March 5, 2011 • Featuring Tanglewood Marionettes A fairytale princess gets new life through beautifully hand-crafted marionettes and a painted storybook that opens to reveal each classic scene.

Animal Tail Tales March 12, 2011 • Featuring Diane Macklin Weaving chants, songs, music and movement, Macklin uses African storytelling traditions to engage imaginations with tales of tricksters and friendship.

All shows performed in the Playhouse’s Rosenthal Plaza at 10:30am & 1:00pm* / Ages 4-18: $5; Adults: $6.

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To ensure the enjoyment of all in attendance, children younger than 4 must sit on an accompanying adult’s lap throughout the performance. *1:00pm performance is signed for the hearing impaired courtesy of Cincinnati State.

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he Cincinnati Opera ( presents its first education production of the season with This Little Light of Mine: The Stories of Marian Anderson and Leontyne Price, a tribute to the careers of these African-American opera icons. Starring soprano Adrienne Danrich, the opera explores the role of music in the lives of Anderson and Price during the Civil Rights Movement. Four public performances are available to grades 6 - 12 and their families: • Saturday, Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center (3711 Clifton Ave.). Free as part of the ArtsWave Sampler Weekend. • Sunday, Feb. 20 at 11 a.m. at the Allen Temple A.M.E. Church (7080 Reading Road). Free as part of the featured Sunday service. • Saturday, Feb. 26 at 1:55 p.m. at the School for Creative and Performing Arts (108 West Central Pkwy.). Free as part of the ArtsWave Get Smart About Art Festival.

• Saturday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (50 East Freedom Way). Tickets for $5 may be purchased at 513241-2742.


yoga for the family

(and more) online at We’ve got great giveaways this February — take a look: • Win a copy of the all-new Shalom Sesame DVDs, including Grover Plants a Tree, Mitzvah on the Street, and Shabbat Shalom, Grover! • Win a copy of Barney: Shapes and Colors All Around on DVD from HIT Entertainment. • Win a copy of Shaun the Sheep: Spring Shenanigans on DVD from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment.


race Tree Yoga Studio introduces a new program for the entire gang — Family Yoga. Bring your crew of all ages to learn the fundamentals of yoga

through individual, partner and group stretching. The class meets on the first Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. at 8933 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, West Chester. Cost is $16 per pair, or $20 for the entire family. Call 513-759-4458 or visit

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time for our summer camp adventure fair!


hat are you doing with your little ones this summer? How about camp? Discover your options during the annual Cincinnati Family/NKY Family Summer Camp Adventure Fair! Meet with representatives from dozens of summer programs, including overnight and day camps, sports camps, arts and theater camps, science camps and much more. The whole family can also enjoy live entertainment at the fair, as well as prizes! The fun takes place Sunday, Feb. 27 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Rotunda of Cincinnati Museum Center (1301 Western Ave.). Admission is free (parking is $6). Find out more at or

success by 6 receives a boost


he United Way of Greater Cincinnati will distribute more than $600,000 to aid local groups with kindergarten readiness programs thanks to its Winning Beginnings fundraising campaign. Beneficiaries include Success By 6 in Hamilton, Clermont and Grant Counties, as well as Success By 6 programs in Campbell County, Newport, Kenton County and Covington in Northern Kentucky. Winning Beginnings has raised more than $10 million to support early childhood education. For more information, call 513-762-7144 or visit

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get your art on with artswave


rtsWave (formerly known as the Fine Arts Fund), is celebrating 25 years of Sampler Weekends, giving families plenty of opportunities to check out Greater Cincinnati’s arts offerings. Six Sampler Weekends take place Feb. 12 and 26, March 12 and 26, and April 10 and 23. Families can also attend the Third Annual Get Smart About Art and Studio 2011, a family and teen arts festival, held on Saturday, Feb. 26. Festivities kick off at 10 a.m. with a performance from the Know Theatre Company in Music Hall (1241 Elm St.), followed by art-making activities and performances from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the School for Creative and Performing Arts (108 West Central Pkwy.). Get Smart About Art provides family art-making opportunities at local arts venues like the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Contemporary Arts Center, and Taft Museum of Art, while Studio 2011 is designed just for teens. Visit for a complete schedule.

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experience a love of learning...

Children’s Meeting House M O N T E S S O R I


celebrating over 35 years teaching excellence For 37 years, CMHofhas provided Society affiliated state accredited aAmerican uniqueMontessori Montessori program for and children ages 3-12. • preschool through sixth grade • Spanish, music, art, yoga, library and nature programs

• all day kindergarten • eco-lab on six wooded acres • after care available

our “house” is always open! call to schedule a visit (513)683.4757 927 O’Bannonville Road—1 mile east of downtown Loveland


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Henry ’25 “Summit Montessori students view Matisse and Picasso masterpieces up close, travel through the solar system, and attend Cincinnati area theatre performances. These experiences find their way into meaningful, purposeful work. Our children are excited to discover real world applications within the classroom and beyond through enrichment that includes Orff music, French and Spanish.” — Mrs. Schueler, Director of Montessori

The Summit Inspires. For more information about upcoming opportunities for shadowing, Parent Preview Days, Open Houses, entrance testing, and personal tours, contact Admissions at 513.871.4700, ext. 261 or visit

The Summit is Cincinnati’s only independent, Catholic, coeducational, college preparatory school serving students age 2-Gr. 12.

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kids’HEALTH local family finds

hope in tragedy


incinnati parents Linda and Tony Cole faced their worst fears when their healthy 12-year-old-son collapsed on the playground with no pulse. After 13 attempts to restart his heart, the Coles learned their son suffered from a quiet disease known as Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome, a congenital heart condition that is often difficult to detect in young children and teens and yet occurs in three out of 1,000 people, mostly males. After surviving the collapse, although not unscathed, the Coles collaborated on Resurrecting Anthony: A True Story of Courage and Destination (Alexandra Publishing LLC; $14.95), in which they detail their family struggle with the disease. The Coles will discuss and sign their book on Thursday, Feb. 3 at Joseph-Beth Booksellers (2692 Madison Road) at 7 p.m. Learn more about Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome (WPW) at

protect your family’s skin


old air and dry heat can irritate the skin. Here’s help:

• Drink plenty of water. Children need approximately 1.5 ounces of water per pound of body weight each day. • Use dye and fragrance-free detergent, fabric softener and dryer sheets — the additives can cause itching and rashes. • Believe it or not, healthy eating means healthier skin. Kids should have about two servings of fruit and three servings of veggies (about half a cup counts as a serving).

another reason to breastfeed


recent study published in Pediatrics followed a group of Australian children born between 1989 and 1992 and found that those who were mainly breastfed for the first six months scored higher academically at 10 years of age, even after adjusting for factors like how often the child was read to. Boys showed the most improvement in math, reading and spelling scores, while girls showed a slight improvement in reading scores. Find out more at the American Academy of Pediatricians’ Web site, •

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become an ohio mentor


hio MENTOR, a treatment foster care and mental health agency, recently established a new location in Cincinnati. The organization offers at-risk children and families support programs, therapeutic foster care, community support services and counseling. If you are interested in foster parenting, plan to attend a free informational session at 6 p.m. on Feb. 8 or March 8 at 36 East Hollister St. Call 513-381-3700, ext. 11 or 18, or visit

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fun in the


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Navy Pier

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ith skyscrapers that stretch beyond view, lights that brighten the night sky, visitors and residents from around the world, and boundless energy, Chicago is an exciting place. A six-hour drive, or a short hop by plane, the Windy City makes a great family getaway, or a romantic adventure for mom and dad. My husband and I recently took advantage of some frequent flier miles, and kissed the kids goodbye for a wonderful weekend in Chicago. From Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, we took a long subway ride into the city, and then walked a few blocks to our hotel. We stayed at the beautiful Sofitel hotel with fabulous views and luxurious comfort. The first evening, we walked to Gene and Georgetti’s, a steakhouse my husband has raved about for years. The menu looks like it was designed in the 1950s, and the waiters seem like they were around then too, but the prices are certainly up to date. Still, the steaks are amazing, thick, juicy, delicious, and so big we didn’t need the ala carte extras we ordered. Later, we walked to the Lookingglass Theater, one of the city’s countless venues for live theater to see the annual production of Lookingglass Alice. We were thrilled with seats practically on the stage for a performance that actively involves the audience, and features athletic feats on the trapeze, along with flips, songs and feigned fights. Outside the theater, horse drawn carriages wait to take families and couples for a tour of the city, but I was drawn to the Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop. We enjoyed chocolate samples in line as we examined the menu of decadent desserts. The shop has some seating, but we preferred to have our treats to go, no doubt walking off the calories of my Mint Bliss Intense Dark Sundae along the way. In the morning, we looked out the window of our hotel and saw Johnny’s Grill, so we decided to go there for breakfast. Some Chicago policemen had stopped in for a meal, and since they were obviously regulars, we asked for some recommendations. We found the gyro omelet a little greasy, but good.

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Chicago Children’s Museum

In the afternoon, we took 700 E. Grand Ave. • 312-527-1000 a series of subways, and then an “el” train to the beautiful Oak Park neighborhood. We strolled along Chicago Avenue and enjoyed beautiful houses designed and inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright in addition to the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio. We bought tickets for a tour, and learned a great deal about the man who popularized Prairie style architecture. Interestingly, the Wright Home is not at all like the flat modern creations associated with his heritage. Instead, it’s a wood shingle house with traditional friezes, ornate ceilings and six fireplaces. Our guide showed us hints of Wright’s developing style — especially evident in his children’s playroom — with its wonderful bowed ceiling, performance area, built-ins and art glass. We saw more art glass in the evening at Navy Pier. We walked along Chicago’s great outdoor carnival, and enjoyed watching boats on the lake, people playing games, and a balloon ride rising into the sky. We then followed signs to the free Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows located inside Festival Hall. The museum features a series of galleries with religious inspired works from the art’s earliest days, to glorious Tiffany pieces that sparkle with rich colors and intricate designs, to more modern beveled and painted glass. The pier also offers lots of shopping, an Imax, the Chicago Children’s Museum and many different boat tours. You can go on a pirate adventure with the kids, get an adrenaline rush on a speed boat, or opt for romance on a glamorous dinner cruise. Us? We sampled some of the many deep fried festival foods offered by vendors, and then took a ride on the iconic Navy Pier Ferris Wheel. The ride turns very slowly, and for your ticket you only get one full circle, but its great height gave us a wonderful view of the lake, the pier, and Chicago’s spectacular skyline.  Barbara Littner David is a local writer and mother of five. She is also the author ofCincinnati Trips for Kids, a collection of more than 40 great Cincinnati-area attractions.

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PARENTING B y ly n m e t t l e r

“I don’t want to!” Disciplining Kids in Public Disciplining your child in front of others is hard to say the least. When your angel shows his true colors in the grocery store or elsewhere, be prepared!


es, it’s a nightmare when your child starts acting up in the middle of the grocery store, but the fact is ALL kids have tantrums sometimes. There’s nothing worse than a toddler tantrum or even an older child melting down in public. Strangers watch you. Your face gets red hot. You’d like to run away or even act like this is not your child — but no! You must take charge and handle the moment ... but how? Should you bolt from wherever you are and head home? Should you — gasp! — spank your child in public? When your child’s public display of overt disobedience occurs, be ready. You can’t avoid it, so prepare for the moment when your little darling turns into a little demon.

Curious Behavior “Toddlers are never little angels in public,” says Ann Douglas, a mother of four and author of The Mother of All Baby Books: The Ultimate Guide to Your Baby’s First Year (John Wiley & Sons; $15.99) and The Mother of All Toddler Books (John Wiley & Sons; $15.99).

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In fact, when Douglas’ son was 2, he pulled the plug on an entire cash register system while they were shopping at a local store. “He was magnetically drawn to plugs and outlets,” says Douglas. “This is natural behavior for toddlers,” says Robert Billingham, an associate professor of human development and family studies. “Everything is so new, exciting, interesting and stimulating. They’re simply responding in a curious sort of way,” he adds. Of course, for an older child, deliberate disobedience should not be tolerated. But you can’t always avoid it.

Tricks of the Mothering Trade Michelle Troutwine, an instructor at the Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center (CFEC) and mother of two, keeps a travel kit prepared for each of her children. The kit holds a toy each child has chosen, a toy Troutwine has chosen that remains a secret, art activity surprises, a book, and a “travel treat.” “That’s a special treat that they usually only get on outings,” she says, adding that she only pulls it out as a last resort or a final reward for good behavior. She says the kits are especially handy for doctor visits, where you can’t be sure of the wait time. One of the best ways to prevent bad behavior is to pay attention to your little one, according to Melissa Tepe, another instructor at CFEC. “First, it is important to think about the timing of the outing,” she says. “Will it be during meal time, nap time or bed time? Try to plan around these times so your child is not tired or hungry. If you can’t, then make sure you bring a snack and a comfort item such as a blanket or snuggly.” Troutwine advises that parents create some special one-on-one time as well, either before the outing, or as a treat to look forward to when you get home. Next, tell your children exactly what you expect of them and of the consequences if those expectations are not met. “Tell them where they are going, who will be there, how long they will stay and what they will be doing,” says Tepe. “Discuss with each child what specific behaviors are expected while they are out … Often behaviors can spiral into problems when a child is over stimulated, so be careful that you are not expecting too much from your kids, given their ages.” She adds that parents should compliment good behavior as they see it instead of waiting for negative behavior to tell children how you want them to behave. “Catch them being good and tell them how happy their good behavior makes you,” she says. If you can sense a meltdown looming on the horizon, Troutwine suggests reminding children about the fun they’ll have when they get home. Or, you can have them play a silly game, like trying to see how many people they can make smile just by smiling at them, and using no words. Kids will start to make goofy faces to get a laugh, and the mood can instantly lighten.

To Reward or Not to Reward? Another tried-and-true strategy is to reward good behavior, but many parents feel like that’s bribery. Some experts, however, believe there is no harm in a little reward as long as you don’t overdo it. Billingham feels that rewarding children is a great strategy because it teaches cause and effect. Douglas agrees. “We get rewards in adult life for good behavior,” she points out. Tepe likes to determine rewards by the individual situations. “For every day tasks, rewards for good behavior are not necessary … If the situation was really demanding and the child went above and beyond your expectations with good behavior, then a surprise reward can be an incentive to keep up the good work,” she says. You may think that rewards can get a bit expensive, but they don’t have to. Barbara Polland, a professor of child and adolescent development and

author of No Directions on the P ackage: Questions and Ans wers for Parents With Children From Birth to Age 12 (Celestial Arts; $12.95), suggests buying a bag of cheap party favors and then wrapping them individually in tissue paper. When you’re on your way out, tell your child that if he behaves, he’ll get to open his gift, but be sure never to give the reward if he misbehaves. Other inexpensive rewards can be activities that your child enjoys, such as a trip to the park or playing a favorite game.

Tackling Tantrums If you’ve pulled out everything in your arsenal to no avail and your little one is still headed into a full-blown tantrum, stay calm. “Little ones have tantrums because they can’t express what they want,” says Troutwine. “But they understand you and can read your cues.” So if you become agitated, chances are good your child’s tantrum will escalate. “I find that it helps to get down on the child’s level to approach him,” says Tepe. “Tell your child you see that he is upset. Tell him you would like to help make it better. Try to figure out what he is upset about. Sometimes whispering in his ear can help to get his attention.” She advises parents to take deep breaths with their children to help them relax and even walking to a private place where your child can continue to calm down. Some say, however, that the best solution for handling a tantrum is to pick up your child and take him out of the situation entirely. “My choice is to remove the child from everyone and talk privately about what’s happening,” says Polland. She suggests taking your child some place safe and letting him thrash it out. For example, you might put him in his car seat, and shut the door staying on the other side, calmly. She suggests telling the child to knock on the window when he’s done. According to Polland, children know they’re more likely to get what they want because you don’t want to be embarrassed. One Christmas, Billingham’s son threw an all-out tantrum at a crowded store. Instead of getting upset, Billingham ignored him. When his son took a break, he began applauding him and told him he needed to kick the left leg harder to keep up with the right. “If you don’t get embarrassed by the child’s behavior, it loses all of its power,” he says. His son ended up giggling, and they left the store.

Not-so-innocent Bystanders How do you deal with strangers interfering when your child is acting up? You’ll need to train your brain, says Troutwine. “Pretend like you are the only two people there. If you are embarrassed, you’re likely to behave in a negative way.” She advises parents to realize that children feel powerless in a tantrum, so some sympathy is necessary, but to not give in just to bring an end to the scene. “Tell yourself that right now you are Super Mom,” she says. Also, keep in mind what matters most: your relationship with your child. “How the other people view you is much less important than how you interact with your child,” says Polland. “Most of us at some point in life have been either the toddler or the frustrated mom,” says Douglas. “We just have to hope that we don’t end up turning into the annoyed little old lady down the road, forgetting just how challenging it can be to be that mother.” So for now, if you’re stuck in the role of frustrated parent, hang in there. With a little planning and a few deep breaths, both you and your child may come out of the situation a little wiser. J Lyn Mettler is a freelance writer. •

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SO MESSY! An organization expert offers great decluttering secrets to help you get your family organized.


won the CHAOS contest, for “Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome,” because my house was so cluttered and disorganized. When my sister suggested that our family enter the competition, I laughed because we were so deserving. Walking through our house, my family automatically stepped over everything from CD cases to diaper wipe containers. If a plastic toy broke underfoot, we didn’t even flinch. The contest sponsor, Pam Young, a professional organizer who is known as the House Fairy, says that my family suffered from a condition known as being “organizationally impaired” or “domestically challenged.” They believe that “too much clutter” is a problem in at least 60 percent of families. But getting organized doesn’t have to mean getting rid of your memories, according to Stephanie Denton, author of The Organized Life: Secrets of an Expert Organizer (Northlight Books; $14.99) and owner of Cincinnati-based Denton and Company. “It’s about making what you do use more accessible,” she says. It can be hard to know where to start, but Denton suggests that you pick the area that will make the most difference in your life if it were less cluttered or disorganized — that could be your closets, it could be your morning routine, or it could be that pile of papers and drawings spawning on your kitchen table. Here are some tips from Young and Denton on keeping your home and family operating in tip-top shape.

Plan Ahead Tackle those harried mornings the night before by packing lunches and backpacks and choosing the next day’s clothes, or even spend a Sunday evening picking out all your outfits for the week, advises Denton. “It can take (please turn the page) •

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family life doesn’t have to be so messy! time for a kid to pick an outfit,” she says, adding that once outfits have been selected, hang all the pieces together or consider hanging an organizer like a pocket organizer bag on the back of the door with labels to designate the days of the week. This concept also applies to sports equipment, according to Young, with a tote bag for each sport. The moment a child finishes with cleats or shin guards, they go in the bag. After a uniform is washed, it goes there, too. Postseason, the tote bag is stored in the laundry room. The child knows where his equipment is for the next season. You save money by not having to buy new sports equipment each year.

Opt for Simplicity The more toys and belongings kids have, the messier their playrooms and bedrooms are, according to Young. Make a policy that when you bring home one new toy, one old one goes out. Let the child choose which toys to give away. Take him to the thrift store so he can see that his old toys are going somewhere where they are needed. Let them see that you donate stuff, too. An alternative to the one-in, one-out method is the “all at once clean” approach. Denton advises that you take everything out of the closet in question, then go through and decide what to keep and what to throw out. Seeing all your stuff lumped in one place gives you a perspective on what is useful and what you can live without. Making it a two-person job will also make the project go faster, says Denton. “With two people, one person handles the physical tasks of moving things around, and one person does the mental task of making decisions on each item.” And wait before buying any storage containers. Once you have made all your decisions on what to keep, you’ll have a better idea of what sorts of storage you will need. Young advises parents to get rid of unused toys right away. Donate them to charity or sell them at a garage sale. Kids are often thrilled with the garage sale idea. While it may appear that kids tend to want to keep everything, the number of items they will willingly sell may surprise you.  One mom achieved success by placing her 10-year-old daughter in charge of her table and allowing her to keep the profits. She also agreed to give unsold items to charity.

Make it Easy to Organize If closet bars and shelves are too high, or dresser drawers are hard to open, kids won’t bother. A box or basket system can help in organizing closets, says Denton. Label each box with words for older children or a picture for nonreaders. Use shallow tubs for toys, so children don’t have to pull everything out to get to the toy at the bottom. “Make the system easy to understand and physically easy to use,” she says.

Emphasize the Benefits Organization contributes to a child’s success in school. Remind them that if they know where their homework assignments are, their mornings are less frantic. They may be able to sleep a few minutes later. Create a homework center, complete with supplies, a filing system, a place for ongoing projects, a calendar to track assignments, a computer and resource books. If there is not room for a dedicated space, put the supplies in a rolling cart that can be pulled into the kitchen. Teaching organization frees up your time, too. You will no longer hear a small voice say: ‘Mom, where is ...,’ or ‘I forgot my homework and got another detention’ or ‘Do I have a clean uniform for the game today?’

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Invest Kids in the Process Kids’ rooms can be fun to organize. Denton suggests that parents teach their children that everything needs a home. That means each toy has a special place, and if a toy doesn’t seem to have a home in your child’s bedroom, it might be time to find a new one somewhere else.

Use One Toy at a Time Play areas are challenging to organize because there is often a myriad of toys, many with small parts, says Young. Teach children to pick up and put away one toy or activity before going to another. This concept takes practice and, most importantly, patience. Consider rotating toys so that they are not all available to the child at all times. Keep a small toy basket in each room where kids play. At the end of the day, toss toys in the bin for a quick cleanup. If there are more toys than will fit in the basket, put some away for another day. Enlist children in the cleanup 15 minutes before the end of play time. Assign each child one specific task, says Denton. “Don’t just say clean your room, but tell your child to put all the trains in a box.”

Tame the Paper Tiger Papers can clutter your life. Although it can be hard to throw away drawings and some homework assignments, if you keep too much, you can’t find what’s really important. Denton advises parents to get a large box that fits under the bed, or an artist’s portfolio. Keep everything from a semester — homework, report cards, drawings, stories, etc. At the end of the semester, go through the papers and decide which items best represent milestones and growth. “Time will give you perspective,” says Denton, adding that distance will let you see which items are the most meaningful.

Keep it Off the Floor Young says that clothes often land on the floor because there is no hamper in the immediate vicinity. The farther children have to carry dirty clothes, the more likely they will end up in a heap on the floor. Same goes for garbage. The missing wastebasket in the room is often the culprit. When dealing with kids — get creative. Install a small basketball hoop above the area for the laundry or wastebasket. This creates a fun way to encourage kids to put socks in a hamper or papers in a basket.

Maintain Your Organization Your organization is not finished once you’ve cleaned out that closet, according to Denton. “Being organized is an ongoing process,” she says. Things might look great at first, but if you go to clean your room and you don’t know where to put items, then you don’t have a good system. “A good system will be easy to maintain and won’t take much time.” A few minutes every day or every few days to keep your home organized will save you even more time in the future. After all, who wants to spend an entire Saturday cleaning out a closet? Adding a little organization, maximizing your space, containing like items together as well as setting up routines for processing stuff as it comes in the door can be life-altering. Change is not always easy. But try it for three weeks. It might just become habit. J Carolyn Campbell is a freelance writer.

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Discovering Camps

Before considering a residential camp experience for your child, introduce him to a local day camp. Most offer structured programs running Monday through Friday typically from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or longer. Many include sports, drama, nature or other topics of interest to kids. Your child will make new friends and enjoy new experiences — and gain independence away from you! • Is the day camp accredited by the ACA, meaning, are there certain standards that must be upheld by the camp to ensure a fun, safe experience for your camper? • What training does the staff receive prior to the start of camp in regard to safety, supervision, counseling and problem solving? • Is the price all-inclusive or will there be additional charges for food, transportation, etc.? • Does the day camp offer before- and after-care? • Does the camp provide lunch, or are campers required to bring one? • Are campers with one counselor/group all day, or are they free to move from activity to activity at will? • What is the camper to counselor ratio? • Is there an open house prior to the start of camp where you can meet the counselors and bus drivers? • How structured a schedule will best suit my child? • How can I stay in touch with my camper? Are phone calls allowed? • What session length will work best for my child?

How are disciplinary issues handled? And, make sure to get some references. Talking to others who have first-hand experience is the best way to learn the true colors of various camps.

When to Start the Search

For local day camps, where offerings range from hiking and archery to pottery, canoeing and much more, now is the time to start registering. Residential camps also begin to fill openings at the beginning of the year. Because many children opt to return to their beloved camps and their summer friends each year, it’s important not to wait until the opportunity is lost. Many directors advise starting your search for a residential camp the summer before the intended summer away. That way, you’re not rushed to make a decision, and there’s plenty of time to look at myriad camps available in order to find the right fit for your child.

Camp Prep

It’s normal for children to feel slightly apprehensive about going to camp — especially residential — for the first time. Give your child the opportunity to discuss some of his fears while remaining positive yourself, and make sure you communicate your confidence in his ability to successfully handle the experience. It’s also great to buddy up. When you locate a day camp you like for your child, tell his friends’ moms and see if a couple of pals might like to do it, too. If you’re looking at a residential camp, know that year after year bunk mates return to rekindle summer friendships. While summer isn’t right around the corner, it will be here soon enough. Get started on making your plans for your children now, and give them summer adventures to look forward to. 

Finding What’s Out There

So how do you find out about different summer camps? One great way is to attend the annual Summer Camp Adventure Fair presented by Cincinnati and NKY Family magazines . This month it takes place on Sunday, Feb. 27 at Cincinnati Museum Center (1301 Western Ave.) from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Local camp representatives as well as residential camp representatives from across the country will be on hand to provide information about their programs for potential campers and their parents. There are also several books and websites available on summer camps. The ACA’s website,, provides a database of accredited camps for your perusal. Once you’ve zeroed in on a few camps that you really like, set up visits to get an up close look at the facility and to meet the director. Find out about the director’s background. Learn what kind of training the counselors receive. What percentage of counselors return each year? •

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Your 2011 Guide to Camps, Summer Activities and After-School Programs A Paid Advertising Directory

Academy of Music and Dance, West Chester

8374 Princeton-Glendale Road, West Chester, OH 45069 513-829-2345 • Music and dance classes under one roof . Music lessons for all ages in piano, voice, guitar, dr ums, strings , winds and brass . Dance classes in tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop and lyric . Other popular pro grams: Music for Young Children, a k eyboard pro gram for ages 4 and up; Music Pups , for preschoolers with a care giver; Jumbie Jam, a kid-sized steel dr um ensemble; and Fun with Drums. Special one-week camps throughout the summer. Free sample classes.

Anderson Dance Academy

8263 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45255 513-474-7837 • Offering dance and fitness classes in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, ball room, Zumba, pilates and yo ga for all ages , including preschool and home schooled students. Other programs include performance and competitive dance teams. The success of each student is ensured with a focused, non-com petitive en vironment, with an aim to build self-esteem and self-confidence.

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Academic e xcellence in a Christ-centered en vironment. Ser ving preK - grade 12 with a student/teacher ratio of 17:1. T op athletics and fine arts programs. After-school care and tuition assistance available. Walk-ins w elcome. Visit our w eb site for more information.

Cincinnati Museum Center

1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45203 513-287-7000 • All three museums at Cincinnati Museum Center offer enrichment pro gramming throughout each month. The Museum of Natural Histor y and Sci ence offers Music in Motion for children ages 5 and younger. The Cin cinnati History Museum offers Once Upon a Story for preschoolers. And Duke Ener gy Children’ s Museum has an intense focus on ear ly childhood education, including daily pro gramming and the Sprouts Institute w orkshops.

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2060 Sherman Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45212 513-396-5578 • Come let your imagination soar in our hands-on summer camps! F eaturing our popular Le go Camps: Robotics , Architecture, Crazy Contraptions and Young Builders . Our Science Adventure Camps are: Rockin’ Rock ets, Battle Bots, Engineering Camp, Amusement P ark Science and Destination: Space . Discounts for Drak e Planetarium Members , multiple w eeks and siblings .

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513-745-5705 • The tri-state’s premier performing ar ts series for children. This y ear’s series features a fantastic line-up of puppets, marionettes, music, dance and more. Performances at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Muntz Theater on the RWC campus. Tickets are $5. On Feb. 26, let your imagination take off with “Tales of Flight with the Brothers Wright” performed by Madcap Puppets. Orville and Wilbur may have been the first to fly, but Madcap’s giant puppets will take you to new heights in this high-flying adventure filled with wings, dreams and flying machines!

859-581-7100 • Email: Let your child un r away and join the circus without lea ving home! Age-appropriate activities include stilt walking, low tight wire, rolling globe, clowning and more. Two week intensive camp includes unicycle and acrobatics. Camps conclude with a performance. Week-long day camps for ages 7 - 16, $150 (beginners and experienced). Half-day, four day long camps for ages 4 - 7, $100. Two-week, fullday intensive camp, for beginning, intermediate, and advanced, ages 7 - 21, $300.

11546 New Biddinger, Harrison, OH 45030 513-312-5419 Email: Join us for a w eek of camp! Ha ve fun, do crafts , ride horses daily and enjoy a mini sho w on the last da y. Summer camps: Jul. 11 - 15 and Aug. 8 - 12. Mon. - F ri., 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Special da y camp F eb 2 1. $200 for a w eek, sibling discount. Email for full calendar of events .

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513-761-5555 • We are the Camping Caterers who offer camp par ty and event planning for groups of all sizes. Whether you are looking for a few hours of fun with your yplagroup, activity/craft stations for your event or an epic birthday party we can cater to your needs. Backyard Camp’n’Gear is about getting your camp on,so call today.

The Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center

620 Greenup St., Covington, KY 41011 859-431-0020 • Camp Da Vinci, Jun. 20 - 24, Jul. 18 - 22 and Aug. 1-5, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Students will par ticipate in a variety of activities designed to e xplore the role of art in their daily lives. Sessions will include drawing, painting, sculpture , kite-making, cooking, masks , nature projects , to ys, games , puzzles, e xercise, gardening and imagineria. Camp Da Vinci combines both inspiration and perspiration. Join us for a summer to remember.

Baldwin Music Education Center/Music Learning Center, Inc.

3799 Hyde Park Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45209 513-351-1109 • For 45 years the Baldwin Music Education Center has offered specially designed piano-based group music classes for ages 6 mos . - grade 12. Classes are taught by trained group music and piano instr uctors and are offered y ear round, 6 da ys a w eek. BMEC offers referral credits and family discounts .

The Cathedral Domain

800 Hwy. 1746, Irvine, KY 40336 606-464-8254 • The Cathdral Domain has been a ministr y of the Episcopal Diocese of Le xington for 98 y ears. We are located in the Red River Gor ge area of Ken tucky and offer traditional or ad venture pro grams and en vironmental ed ucation camps in a Christ centered en vironment at our 800 acre center.

Central Montessori Academy

1904 Springdale Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231 513-742-5800 •

Serving infants - grade 6. Students receive the priceless gifts of joyful scholarship and the tools to become motivated and self-disciplined lifelong lear ners who are students of both life and academic subjects . Children lear n at their own pace, building self-esteem while being taught as individuals. Our program is academically rigorous while stressing life skills (i.e . critical thinking and courteous behavior). The result is motivated, self-disciplined lifelong-lear ners.

3400 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45220 513-559-7767 • Full- and half-day camps for ages 4 - 14 with before- and after-care available. Featured topics include Expedition Naturalist,Where in theWorld, Extreme Animals, Zoo Careers, Animal Mythbusters and Shake, Rattle and Roll. Weekly from May 30 - Aug. 19. Members: $205 for full-day camps; $95 for half-day. Non-members: $220 for full-day camps; $110 for half-day. Camp includes free t-shirt, daily snacks and show and ride admission. Select camps include some behind-the-scenes . 9035 Cincinnati Dayton Road, West Chester, OH 45069 513-777-0808 • Camps are one week long, 9 - 11 a.m. Children will have one hour in the Montessori classroom, group snack, then outside time with water activities,special art activities as well as community visitors. Each week will have a theme. Cost is $75. Sign up by Mar. 1 and save $10. Dates are: Jun. 13, Jun. 20, Jul. 11 and Jul. 18.

The Compass School

9370 Waterstone Blvd., Cincinnati, OH 45249 513-683-8833 • The Compass School offers outstanding Re ggio-inspired infant, toddler, pre school and kinder garten pro grams, as w ell as after-school and summer camp through age 12. De greed teachers , superior parent communication and a w elcoming family en vironment. Open House featuring F risch Mari onettes Feb. 26, 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Please join us and bring a friend!

Creative Tots

7803 Laurel Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45243 513-272-2223 • -and6408 Thornberry Court, Mason, OH 45040 513-770-6776 • A small private preschool in the heart of Madeira and Mason.We believe children flourish in a stimulating environment which emphasizes growth in intellectual, social, emotional and physical development. We are committed to creating a warm, caring and supportive atmosphere. We welcome each child as an individuality, nurture their self-confidence and develop within them a life-long love of learning. We encourage you to visit our website to discover a new approach to preschool

10052 Reading Road, Evendale, OH 45241 513-563-6663 •

Email: Be a farm kid! Camp activities include interacting with bar nyard animals, exploring the woods, garden fun, games, hiking, crafts, music and more. Special themed camps for wilderness, art, cooking and science. Camp sessions scheduled by age group. Please visit our website for full brochure. You will never want to leave!

Heritage Village Museum Kids Summer Camp

11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, OH 45241 513-563-9484 • Located in Sharon Woods P ark, this co-ed da y camp for ages 6 - 12 of fers an active w eek to lear n about and do historic ar ts, chores and to experience the 19th centur y life of a kid. Camp meets Jun. 20 - 24, Jul. 11 - 15 and Jul. 25 - 29, 9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Ear ly drop-off and late pick-up a vailable. $ 145 for members and $ 170 for non-members .

iSPACE Summer Day Camps

3285 E. Kemper Road, Sharonville, OH 45241 513-612-5769 • iSPACE invites YOU to sign on as a crew member and take part in an incredible summer experience. Ignite your imagination as you build and program robots, encounter the excitement of LEGO engineering, discover the “ups and downs” of living and working in space, experience the thrill of building and launching radical rockets and more! Week-long camps offered in Northern KY and Cincinnati locations. Sessions fill quickly so register early. For rising K - grade 12 students.

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9920 Carver Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242 513-985-9444 • An award-winning, academically-focused preschool for ages 6 wks. through private full-da y kinder garten. Our ear ly childhood education curriculum is age-appropriate and is among the highest standards in the industry. Your child will reach their full potential guided b y our highly qualified, degreed teachers and may par ticipate in such activities as sign language , the Be Smar t Kids computer program, dance, gymnastics, foreign languages and music and drama.

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Come out for a farming, exploring, crafting, hiking, gardening and cooking good time this summer!

Smarty Pants Camps Wanted: Space Explorers and Chemistry Detectives. Needed to complete a series of science missions and solve cases! Family fun that is perfect for the summer or for enrichment during the school year. 513-218-0777

ballet * tap * jazz lyrical * hip-hop musical theatre * ballroom pilates * guitar lessons! Call today to Register! * book your birthday party! * sign up for summer camp programs ages 2 - adult daytime classes available 513.474.7837 • 8263 Beechmont Ave.

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2011 Guide to Camps, Summer Activities and After-School Programs Kids First Sports Camp-a-palooza

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7900 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249 513-489-7575 • Email: Jun. 6 - Aug. 19. K - grade 7. Kids F irst is a 108,000 sq. ft. facility dedicated to children’s spor ts education. Weekly activities include swimming, gymnastics, arts and crafts , karate, basketball, giant slip‘n slide , putt-putt golf and more. $233 per w eek, $54 per da y. Visit our w ebsite for more details .

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The Music Factory

8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242 513-545-7125 • The Music Factory offers fun and educational group music classes for children ages 9 mos . - 5 yrs . The curriculum is specially designed to build musical foundations and encourage lear ning through music . Over 20 y ears of teaching e xperience. Classes a vailable on-site for preschool and da y care .

Muscial Arts Center

10969 Reed Hartman Hwy. Blue Ash, OH 45242 513-791-4300 •

–and– 5900 West Chester Road, Ste. C West Chester, OH 45069 513-874-3100 • Ages 6 wks. - 6 yrs. Together with interaction of child, staff and family, we develop the complete child. We provide formative encouragement and knowledge with hands-on staff taking a personal interest in family and holistic education decisions for the child. Kinder Garden School is devoted to growing a child’s wish to fl ourish and lear n by cultivating curiosity and problem-solving profi ciency in a full, supportive, fertile, fun setting. ENLIGHTENMENT IS OUR MISSION.

Mad Science of Cincinnati

513-793-6784 • Interactive, hands-on science pro grams for ages 5 - 12. Half- and full-da y programs at locations throughout the area, June through August. Content is correlated to State of Ohio Education standards . Children enjo y “make and/ or take home” projects and activities each da y. Pro grams range from $ 10 - $15 per classroom hour. Sibling and ear ly registration discounts available.

Marmon Valley Ministries Summer Horse Camps

7754 State Route 292, Zanesfield, OH 43360 937-593-8051 • Email: Ohio’s lar gest horse camp, Marmon Valley Ministries is a tr usted, ACA accredited, Christian camp near Bellefontaine , Ohio. Besides our indepth horsemanship classes , campers enjo y climbing, archer y, swimming and more . Lear n horsemanship, make friends and get to kno w

1987 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45208 513-321-2766 •

Cincinnati’s premier music school. Providing year-round study to all ages and musical abilities . Private vocal and instr umental instr uction with our professional faculty. The most complete pro gram offered in the city. Lectures and presentations throughout the year makes our singers the most prepared. Drama classes are also offered. We offer coaching to prepare students for auditions .

Playhouse in the Park

962 Mt. Adams Cir., Cincinnati, OH 45202 513-345-2242 • Playhouse camp instructors are local theater professionals. Camps focus on acting and acting-related activities. All camp sessions conclude with a culminating demonstration on stage. All levels of experience are welcome. This co-ed day camp is designed for grades 1 - 12. Two-week sessions begin Jun. 20, Jul. 11 and Jul.19.

Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Nursery School

5950 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45213 513-631-0170 • Professionally-qualified teachers provide active, expressive, child-centered learning experiences at this 3-star award-winning program. Choose two, three-, four- or fi ve-day mor ning or after noon sessions for children 30 mos. - 5 yrs . Excellent ratios , de greed teachers and spacious , sunny classrooms a wait your preschooler. P arent and child classes are also a vailable for infants and toddlers . Call to schedule a tour toda y.

Premier Athletics

1610 Dixie Hwy., Park Hills, KY 41011 859-431-7190 •

Home of the Kentucky

A Paid Advertising Directory

dance training, tumbling classes , squad lessons , private lessons , summer camps and bir thday par ties to athletes of all ages and skill levels. Ongoing re gistration for tumbling classes and competitive cheer leading.

Rock Quest Climbing Center

3475 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241 513-733-0123 • Climbing is a great activity for kids of all ages . While kids are busy getting to the top of the wall, their minds are busy w orking other skills: problem solving, critical thinking, endurance , self confi dence and tr ust. Join our Recreational Climbing Club (ages 10 and up) or Junior Climbing Club (ages 6 - 9). All climbers must call to pre-re gister.

Rockwern Academy

8401 Montgomery Road, Kenwood, OH 45236 513-984-3770 • Rockwern Academy, founded in 1952 as Cincinnati’ s community Jewish da y school, offers a superior and balanced academic program that is inte grated with and informed b y Jewish culture , values and identity. P artnering with parents to develop critical minds and compassionate hear ts for children age 2 yrs . - grade 6. Small class sizes allo w students to be intellectually engaged, spiritually a ware and socially responsible .

St. Romain Dance Academy

7938 Liberty One Drive, Liberty Twp., OH 45044 513-779-0135 • Classes for ages 3 - adult, including ballet, pointe , jazz, hip-hop, tap, musical theater, moder n, lyrical and yo ga classes . P erforming groups include our SYCD: Youth Community Dancers , ACE: Competition Ensemble and an annual Spring Sho w and Nutcrack er. Summer dance workshops and camps r un Jun. - Aug. Full info a vailable mid-March.

Smarty Pants Camps

513-218-0777 • One of a kind fun enrichment! Space Explorers and Chemistr y Detectives are inquiry-based science curriculums designed to promote critical thinking, reading and writing. Each pro gram has various challenges for your whole family to explore and solve collaboratively. Standards-based programs are scaled for different age groups. Perfect for summer or for enrichment during the school year.

All-Stars! Pro viding competitive cheer leading and

ARTrageous Raymond Walters College Muntz Theater

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We offer classes for ages 2 through Kindergarten 9:30 - 1:30 * 2, 3 or 5 days a week Ft Mitchell

Baptist Church

Regist Ration going on now! Tap and Jazz for Kids March 19, 2011


Contact us for more information! Call Heather to schedule a tour 859-331-2304 or 859-801-2811

Ft. Mitchell Baptist Church 2323 Dixie Highway, Fort Mitchell, KY

Tales of Flight with the Brothers Wright February 26, 2011

open house 513-745-5705 Shows at 11am & 1pm Tickets just $5!

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We offer Fun, Encouraging, & High-Energy classes!

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513-578-1280 Classes offered at various locations in Greater Cincinnati. Call for the location nearest you!

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Yoseikan Chito-Ryu style karate designed to Anderson strengthen the body, mind and spirit. Karate School 7762 Beechmont Ave. Suite A Cincinnati, OH 45255 (513) 232-1035

Classes available for adults and children, in a family friendly atmosphere. Visit our website or call for class schedule. Mention this ad and receive $10 off your first month membership.

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Check our website for complete list of offerings 119 Harrison Street, Loveland, OH 45140 513.683.CLAY (2529)

We have something sweet just for you. We are offering one month’s free tuition (a 33% discount) when you sign up for one quarter of lessons. Just say you want to be our Valentine when you register or call. We offer instrumental, voice and drama lessons. 1987 Madison Road • Cincinnati, Ohio 45208

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2011 Guide to Camps, Summer Activities and After-School Programs SummerSMART at Lindner Center of HOPE

4075 Old Western Row Road, Mason, OH 45040 513-536-4673 • SummerSMART is a unique program offered by the Lindner Center of HOPE in Mason, Ohio for children age 11 - 14 with impulsivity, socialization diffi culties, attention and concentration issues , and anxiety disorders . The pro gram lasts three w eeks and will be offered three times during the summer of 2011. Now registering for session 1 (Jun. 13 - Jul. 1), session 2 (Jul . 11 - 29) and session 3 (Aug. 1 - 19). Mon. - F ri., 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Sycamore Presbyterian Preschool

11800 Mason Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249 513-683-7717 • Sycamore Presbyterian Preschool is a Three-Star Step-Up-To-Quality rated preschool ser vinig children from 3 – 5 yrs . Our developmentally appropriate, hands-on curriculum is individualized to meet each child’s needs and developmental level. We offer low teacher/child ratios, competitive tuition rates and a con venient drop off ser vice. Please call for an individual tour.

Tippi Toes Princess Camp and Summer Dance Camp

Deerfield, Mason, Cincinnati: 513-708-9162 Blue Ash, Mariemont, Cincinnati: 513-578-1280 Tippi T oes Princess Camp is a magical camp that includes dance , stories, special crafts , costumes and visits from princesses lik e Cinderella, Belle and Sno w White. Space is limited. Tippi T oes Summer Dance Camp is a high-ener gy and fun dance class that meets for 45 minutes once a w eek for six w eeks. Our a ward-winning dance classes will be sure to get your children mo ving and enjo ying dance more than ever before!

Whistle Stop Clay Works

119 Harrison Street, Loveland, OH 45140 513-683-2529 •

A Paid Advertising Directory school programs, scout troop workshops, youth clay camps , private lessons and adult-only events . We can create a class or event to meet specifi c needs. Check our w ebsite for a complete list of offerings and updates .

YMCA Camp Campbell Gard

4803 Augspurger Road, Hamilton, OH 45011 513-867-0600 • Thanks for voting us Cincinnati’ s Best Camp! Camp Campbell Gard is a co-ed sleep-a way camp that gives kids 5 - 17 a safe en vironment to connect with positive role models , e xplore skills and interests , mak e new friends and ha ve fun. Join the fun with banana boating, the zip line , jumping pillo w, horseback riding, mountain biking, archer y and much more. Dates of camp are Jun. 12 - Aug. 12; cost is $175 - $600.

YMCA Camp Ernst of Cincinnati

7615 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington, KY 41005 859-586-6181 • Co-ed, ages 6 - 15, one-week sessions Jun. 12 - Aug. 20. Cost is $500 $675. Steeped in tradition and built on positive values , w e host campers who enjo y top-notch counselors and mak e friends, doing a wide variety of activities Call for a Free including zip line , banana boat, 100-ft. waIt’s not too ter slide , giant swing, horseback riding, The late to register! Sample Class Blob, new adventure trips and much more!

Email: Whistle Stop Clay Works is a ceramics teaching studio and gallery located in the historic district of Loveland. WSCW offers six-week classes for youth to adult, after-



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Academic Excellence in a Christian Environment Member of the National Association of Episcopal Schools Independent Preparatory School: A Ministry of the Convent of the Transfiguration Highly Diverse Student Population

Yoseikan Anderson Karate School

7762 Beechmont Ave., Ste. A Cincinnati, OH 45255 513-232-1035 Family mar tial ar ts for fun, fi tness and self defense. “Chito-Ryu” Karate is a traditional form focusing on self defense , self discipline , self awareness and self control, while helping to impro ve fl exibility, strength and balance . Students will learn the physical, psychological and philosophical aspects of Chito-Ryu Karate. Come and explore a well rounded martial art.

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• 15:1 student-teacher ratio • Laptop Computers • Spanish (K - 8) • Before/After School On-Site Latchkey • 22 Acre Park-Like Campus Open House • Sunday, February 13 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. 555 Albion Avenue • Glendale, Ohio 513-771-7462 • Head of School: Cheryl Pez • Admissions: Teri Mauntel •

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eatrix Potter’s most famous character has grown into a teen and he still can’t stay out of the McGregor garden. Follow Peter on his adventure to leave the rabbit hole and play his guitar at The Farm in this presentation from the Calico Children’s Theatre. Krueger Auditorium, UC Clermont College, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia; 10:30 a.m. Feb. 4 for schools and homeschool groups ($3 general admission); 7 p.m. Feb. 4 and 10:30 a.m. Feb. 5; $6 adults, $4 children and seniors. Call 513-5581215 or visit •

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Learn about bridges and how they are built, then learn some tips for building your own bridge for the popsicle stick bridge contest on Feb. 19. Museum of Natural History and Science, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 2 - 3 p.m.; $5 members, $7 nonmembers plus admission ($8.50 adults, $7.50 seniors, $6.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 toddler pass); 513-287-7000 or



his workshop from ArtReach teaches kids the literary elements of storytelling as they write and act out their very own fairy tale in this program from Calico Creativities. “This workshop is an affordable way for children to try out their acting skills and learn about story writing at the same time,” says Nicole Vargas, Clermont-College relations program manager. Krueger Auditorium, UC Clermont College, 4200 Clermont College Drive Batavia; 12:30 p.m.; $4 per child. Call 513-558-1215 or visit


Explore collage and mixed-media art through performances, scavenger hunts, hands-on art activities, artist demonstrations, and storytelling, along with Madcap Puppets and performances from the Allegro Ensemble’s Suzuki Strings. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive 1 - 4 p.m.; $4 parking; 513-721-ARTS (2787) or


Spend the morning stretching and learning the basics of yoga with the entire family in this special class. Grace Tree Yoga and Growth Studio, 8933 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, West Chester; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $20 for family; 513-759-4458 or



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Please see “Now Playing” on page 39 for details.


Local authors Linda and Tony Cole discuss and sign their book, Resurrecting Anthon y: A True Stor y of Courage and Destination . Joseph Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 7 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or


Help feathered friends and fashion your own feeding station, while learning about some typical visitors and what kinds of food they most enjoy. Oak Ridge Lodge, Mt. Airy Forest, 5083 Colerain Ave.; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; 513-861-3435 or


Please see “Spotlight” this page for details.


Bring your little yogis ages 3 - 5 for some stretching and fun with Miss Jenny. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; $5 per child; 513-7312665 or

Get creative with the cold weather and make your own icy creation. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 2 - 4 p.m.; $5 members, $7 nonmembers plus admission ($8.50 adults, $7.50 seniors, $6.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 toddler pass); 513-287-7000 or

Celebrate the Chinese New Year and meet visiting teachers from Liuzhou, China — one of Cincinnati’s Sister Cities. Try your hand at calligraphy, crafts, games, music, and a dragon dance. Main Library, Children’s Learning Center, 800 Vine St.; 1 - 4 p.m.; 513-369-6900 or

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Get an early start on the day and stop by for a continental breakfast and view the day’s possible performance from Glenwood Gwendolyn - more winter on the way? Cotswold Visitor Center, Glenwood Gardens; 10397 Springfield Pike; 7 a.m.; $5 per adult, $3 per child, plus a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521PARK (7275) or


Bring the family to learn about the history of Groundhog Day and the famous critter that makes the holiday possible. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 7 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or


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Enjoy a selection of decafe treats while listening to a bounty of books. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; $4 per child; 513-7312665 or

THE ROCKIN’ ADVENTURES OF PETER RABBIT Please see Calendar Opener on page 29 for details.

5 saturday ALL ABOUT ORION (AR)

Adults and older children are invited to an introduction to the constellations and their legends. Wolff Planetarium, Burnet Woods, 3251 Brookline Drive 1 - 2 p.m.; $3 per person; 513-751-3679 or


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The Linton Music Peanut Butter and Jam Session is joined by Cincinnati’s rising stars of classical music in a performance for all to enjoy. Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church, 6474 Beechmont Ave.; 10 and 11:30 a.m.; $4 per person; 513-381-6868 or lintonmusic. org.

Expecting moms and dads are invited to this introduction to prenatal yoga that focuses on increasing strength, flexibility, balance and inner peace. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11:35 a.m. today and Feb. 12; $10 per class; 513-591-2332 or


Learn about choosing and using a baby sling or carrier today and the benefits of “wearing” your baby. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11:15 a.m.; 513-591-2332 or


Bring the gang for a fact-filled puppet show about woodchucks and their special day, followed by cocoa, cookies and a meeting with a live animal. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 12 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or


Take a brisk hike and explore the history of one of Cincinnati’s older urban forests. Trailside Nature Center, Burnet Woods, 3251 Brookline Drive 3 - 4:30 p.m.; 513751-3679 or

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St. Gabriel Consolidated School 18 West Sharon Road 513-771-5220 • Open house 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. St. Louis School 250 North Broadway, Owensville 513-732-0636 • Open house for PreK - Grade 8 at 6:30 p.m.

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Summit Country Day School 2161 Grandin Road 513-871-4700 • Entrance testing for grades 1 - 12 at 8:30 a.m.

Feb. 13

Bethany School 555 Albion Ave. 513-771-7462 • Open house 2 - 4 p.m.

St. Michael School 11136 Oak St., Sharonville 513-554-3555 Open house at 6:15 p.m.

Central Montessori Academy 1904 Springdale Road 513-742-5800 Open house 1 - 4 p.m.

Feb. 5

Covington Latin 21 East 11th St., Covington 859-291-7044 • Open house 1 and 3 p.m.

Cincinnati Waldorf School 5555 Little Flower Ave. 513-541-0220 • Open house 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Feb. 9

Springer School and Center 2121 Madison Road 513-871-6080 • Open house at 9 a.m.

Feb. 15

The Child’s Place 4936 Old Irwin Simpson Road, Mason 513-398-6928 • Open house at 9 a.m.

Montessori Academy of Cincinnati 8293 Duke Blvd., Mason 513-398-7773 • Open house 9:30 a.m.

Villa Madonna Montessori 2402 Amsterdam Road, Villa Hills 859-341-5145 • Open house from 6 - 8 p.m.

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Cincinnati Country Day School 6905 Given Road 513-561-7298 • Open house 9 - 11:30 a.m.

Summit Country Day School 2161 Grandin Road 513-871-4700 • Toddler Visitation for Prospective Parents at 8:30 a.m.

Summit Country Day School 2161 Grandin Road 513-871-4700 • Toddler Visitation for Prospective Parents at 8:45 a.m.

Feb. 26

Compass School 9370 Waterstone Blvd. 513-683-8833 Open house 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. with Frisch Marionettes performing at 11 a.m.

Feb. 17

Calvary Academy 11970 Kenn Road, Forest Park 513-674-9600 • Open house 6 - 8 p.m.

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Summit Country Day School 2161 Grandin Road 513-871-4700 • Monetssori Interviews for Prospective Parents at 8:30 a.m.

Montessori Center Room 2505 Riverside Drive 513-321-3282 Open house 1 - 3 p.m.




Do these problems impede your child’s school performance or ability to make and keep friends? Lindner Center of HOPE offers:


A program for children age 11- 14 with attention and anxiety disorders SummerSMART at Lindner Center of HOPE provides a safe and active experience for your tween to build confidence, enhance social skills and enjoy fun activities. Three 3-week sessions: Session 1: June13 to July 1 Session 2: July 11 to July 29 Session 3: August 1 to August 19 Monday - Friday from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm

Register Soon! Registration deadlines: Session 1: June 6 Session 2: July 1 Session 3: July 25

Space is limited to keep sessions small. Conducted by clinical professionals. Staff to youth ratio is 1:5. Call 513-536-HOPE (4673)



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Celebrate American spirituals from the 1800s to today with ArtReach, a program of the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; 2 p.m.; free members, $4 nonmembers; 513-684-4516 or


Learn what paleontologists do and then try your hand at an indoor “fossil dig” activity. If time permits, venture outside to search for fossils in the park. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or


Artist Lisa Merida-Paytes will help you and your child ages 5 and older create a keepsake Valentine’s Day gift. Pieces will be fired and can be picked up on Feb. 13. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 2 - 3 p.m.; $15 per child; 513-731-2665 or


Teens are invited to watch the Super Bowl at the J on two big screens. Enjoy food, drinks, contests and prizes as well. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 5:30 - 10 p.m.; $5 members, $8 nonmembers; 513-761-7500, or


Create a colorful and tasty painting inspired by the works of artist Mark Rothko. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. today and 2 - 4 p.m. Feb. 10; $5 members, $7 nonmembers plus admission ($8.50 adults, $7.50 seniors, $6.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 toddler pass); 513-287-7000 or


Join an open house designed to introduce you to this stroller-based fitness class that combines strengthtraining with cadiovascular drills, pilates, yoga and abdominal exercises. Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 7600 Princeton-Glendale Road; 9:45 - 11 a.m. today and Feb. 17; 513-460-8498 or


Learn about the services and programs available for families with children with autism, ADD, and other neurobehaviorial disorders. Brain Balance Achievement Center of Cincinnati, 12084 Montgomery Road; today and Feb. 22, call for time; 513-257-0705 or


Individuals and families interested in becoming licensed foster parents are invited to an informational session this evening. Ohio MENTOR, 36 East Hollister St.; 6 p.m.; 513-381-3700, ext. 11 or 18 or

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reschoolers and their parents are invited to an afternoon in the sugar bush where they can learn about the making of maple syrup through hands-on activities and tastings. “Most people don’t realize the difference between pure maple syrup and the store bought brand they are used to, until after our program is over,” says Keith Robinson, chief naturalist for Clermont County Park District. “They get to participate in each step of the syrup making process, then they get to sample some of the sweet maple treats.” Pattison Park, 2228 US Highway 50, Batavia; 1:30 p.m.; $1 per child. Call 513-876-9013 or visit parks.


Take a night off and enjoy some adult conversation while learning to knit or crochet. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 6 - 9 p.m.; 513-591-2332 or


Learn to “talk” to your hearing baby or toddler using American Sign Language in this two-hour workshop led by a Child Sign Language Specialist. Bethesda North Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road; 6:45 p.m.; please call for pricing; 513-475-4500 or


Last day to register. Ages 3 - 5 are invited to a program that’s all about winter. Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 10 a.m. on Feb. 11; $4 plus a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or


Learn about recycling, composting and other ways to save resources and landfill space, then enjoy some friendly competition in a game about natural resources and more. Students must have transportation to the landfill. LaBoiteaux Woods, 5400 Lanius Lane; 9 - 11:30 a.m., followed by a lunch break and a 45-minute tour of Rumpke Landfill at 12:45 p.m.; $5;


Grades 5 - 8 can make play along with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Conductor Ken Lam on the historic Music Hall stage. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.; 10:30 a.m.; $4 per child, one parent per homeschool family is free with paid child; 513-381-3300 or


Children ages 4 and younger and their grown-ups are invited to move, sing songs, and enjoy time together. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 9:45 and 10:30 a.m. today and Feb. 24; 513-7312665 or


Adoptive parents and their children ages 4 - 6 are invited to attend a three-part program designed to foster communication about each child’s adoption story. Parents meet for the first session, and children are invited for the second and third meetings. Adoption Connection, 8487 Ridge Road; 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. today, Feb. 17 and 24; $45; 513-489-1616 or


Families Thru International Adoption will host a free webinar about becoming an adoptive parent. 7 p.m. today and Feb. 24;


Grades 1 - 4 can learn about the percussion section of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as they perform some famous works along with the Elder High School Steel Drum Band. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.; 10:30 a.m.; $4 per child, one parent per homeschool family is free with paid child; 513-381-3300 or cincinnatisymphony. org/youngpeople.


Please see Feb. 7 for details.


Learn about current national research focused on the path of successful readers, and how to better your own child’s reading development and learning. Langsford Learning Acceleration Center, 9402 Towne Square Ave.; 9:30 - 11 a.m. today and 4:30 - 6 p.m. Feb. 24; 513-5317400 or

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Grades K - 5 are invited to a kids-only party with games, swimming, crafts, a movie and dinner. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 7 - 11 p.m.; $20 members, $27 nonmembers, $15 and $20 for siblings; 513-761-7500, or

WINTER FUN JAMBOREE (AR) Please see Feb. 8 for details.


Join an open house designed to introduce you to this stroller-based fitness class that combines strengthtraining with cadiovascular drills, pilates, yoga and abdominal exercises. Lord of Life Church, 6329 Tylersville Road; 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.; 513-460-8498 or


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Please see “Now Playing” on page 39 for details.


Preschoolers and their parents can explore patterns and design with stories, a snack, tours and art activities. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; $10 per pair members, $20 per pair nonmembers ($3 and $6 for each additional person); 513-721-ARTS (2787) or

Explore the mountain culture of Appalachia with food and demonstrations, including live bluegrass music and skilled mountain crafters. Rotunda, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; today and Feb. 13; free admission, $6 parking; 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum. org.



Please see “Now Playing” on page 39 for details.


Parents who practice or are interested in attachment parenting are invited to this social gathering to meet other families. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 4 - 6 p.m.; 513-591-2332 or


Linton Music’s Peanut Butter and Jam Session will be joined by Cincinnati’s rising stars of classical music in this free performance for the entire family. Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 7000 Hamilton Ave.; 10 and 11:30 a.m.; 513-381-6868 or


Please see “Now Playing” on page 39 for details.

Join members of the Midwest Astronomers group as they provide their telescopes and give you a glimpse into the night sky where you can look at the moon and Jupiter. Then warm up by the fire and sip some hot chocolate. Chilo Lock 34 Park, 521 Country Park Road, Chilo; 6:30 p.m.; 513-876-9013 or Take a parents’ night out and hear some great love stories as you make your way through the seasons during this planetarium show. Wolff Planetarium, Burnet Woods, 3251 Brookline Drive 7 - 8 p.m.; $3 per person; 513-751-3679 or


Commemorate Black History Month, Valentine’s Day and President’s Day all in one concert. National Museum of the United States Air Force, 1100 Spaatz St., Wright-Patterson AFB OH; 7:30 p.m.; 937-255-3286 or


Grades 6 - 8 will take over the JCC pool, gym and game room for an evening of food, fun and games. Wear gym shoes and socks and bring along a swimsuit and towel. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 7 - 11 p.m.; $20 members, $27 nonmembers; 513-761-7500, or


Explore the aspects of maple sugaring, including tree selection, sap collecting and evaporation. California Woods Nature Preserve, 5400 Kellogg Ave.; 2:30 - 4 p.m.; 513-231-8678 or


Get the family together for a fast-paced “game show” all about local wildlife. Win a prize for your efforts! Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 1 - 3 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or

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Join this seminar to learn more about introducing reading to young children, with information from an expert at the Langsford Learning Center, who will discuss obstacles that pre-readers face and strategies to promote literacy in your home. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11:15 a.m.; 513-591-2332 or


Enjoy an evening of songs and stories from awardwinning John McCutcheon, who covers everything from a child’s haircut to the dignity of humanity. Muntz Theater, Raymond Walters College, 9555 Plainfield Road; 7:30 p.m.; $10 in advance, $15 at the door; 513745-5705 or


Learn some basic Spanish vocabulary while listening to stories told in Spanish. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-7312665 or


The Cincinnati Opera presents this exploration of AfricanAmerican opera singers Marian Anderson and Leontyne Price. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave.; 10 a.m.; 513-768-5562 or


Please see Feb. 5 for details.

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Bring the whole gang for an afternoon of Bingo and prizes. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 1 - 3 p.m.; $5 per person; 513-761-7500, mmiller@mayersonjcc. org or


Make some fun and festive Valentines today - just bring your creativity. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 1:30 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or


Dab, dot and design like the Pointillism painter Seurat. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. today and 2 - 4 p.m. Feb. 17; $5 members, $7 nonmembers plus admission ($8.50 adults, $7.50 seniors, $6.50 ages 3 12, $4.50 toddler pass); 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum. org.


Starry-eyed lovers, or parents needing a night out, are invited to this presentation about the red stars of passion in the winter sky, followed by tours of the buildings and viewings through the historic telescopes, plus gourmet hot chocolate and dessert. Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Place; 7 - 9 p.m.; $50 per couple; 513-321-5186 or


Please see “Now Playing” on page 39 for details.



Scout groups (minimum of 10) are invited to learn about maple sugaring, including tapping trees, cooking the sap, and sampling the final product. Entire program takes place outdoors, please dress for the weather. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 4:30 p.m. today and Feb. 17, 22 and 24; $50 $150; 513-831-1711 or


Please see “Spotlight” on page 32 for details.


Madcap Puppets presents a rollicking adventure with Annie Oakley this afternoon. Boone County Public Library, 8899 US 42, Union; 2 p.m.; 859-342-2665 or Please see Feb. 12 for details.


Bring your preschooler for stories, games, songs and crafts, then explore the museum and visit the play tables and train displays. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Devou Park, Covington; 10:30 a.m.; $1 plus admission ($7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3 - 17); 859-491-4003 or


Families interested in both domestic and international adoption are invited to a seminar to explore the process and have their questions answered. Adoption Connection, 8487 Ridge Road; 6:30 p.m.; 513-489-1616 or


Beech Acres and Ricka Berry host this workshop on how to better your communication skills as a family with techniques that really work. Beech Acres Parenting Center, 6881 Beechmont Ave.; 7 p.m.; $15; 513-2316630 or


Parents and their toddlers can explore who visits the park in the winter. Please dress for the weather. Johnson Hills Park, 7950 Bridle Road, Anderson Township; 10 - 10:45 a.m.; $5 per resident, $10 per non-resident; 513388-4515 or


Please see “Spotlight” this page for details.

17 thursday FREE BABY BOOT CAMP (AR)

Please see Feb. 8 for details.


Please see Feb. 15 for details.


Please see Feb. 14 for details.


Through pictures and live animals, see all the colors of the rainbow and learn why color is important to local wildlife. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or



eave your worries behind and enjoy a relaxing evening under the stars, with stories, music and moving space images. Meditainment allows us to escape into a world imagination and be free of stress and tension,” says Pam Bowers, director of Drake Planetarium. “Who couldn’t use more of that in their lives?” Drake Planetarium, 2020 Sherman Ave.; 7 p.m.; $7 in advance, $8 at the door. Call 513-396-5578 or visit

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Ages 8 and older are invited for a nighttime hike under the full moon, followed by some natural history readings. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 7:30 p.m.; free members, $5 nonmembers; 513-831-1711 or


High school artists can explore art materials, meet other teens interested in art, and get to know the CAM. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive 6 - 8 p.m.; $4 parking; 513-721-ARTS (2787) or


Please see “Now Playing” on page 39 for details.


Homeschool families can learn about turning sap into maple syrup, and discover the Native American origins of sugaring. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $5 per person, free ages 3 and younger; 513-831-1711 or


Older children and their grown-ups are invited to learn some of the legends behind the constellations in the winter sky. Wolff Planetarium, Burnet Woods, 3251 Brookline Drive 7 - 8 p.m.; $3 per person; 513-7513679 or



Ages 6 - 12 and their parents will collaborate with local artist Leif Fairfield to learn the ancient art of relief painting. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive 2 - 4 p.m.; $10 per pair members, $20 per pair nonmembers ($3 and $6 for each additional person); 513-721-ARTS (2787) or


Ages 6 - 9 are invited to celebrate the best of winter with hot chocolate, indoor play, favorite books and more. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 1 p.m.; $6 per child; 513-731-2665 or


Celebrate the birthdays of Galileo and Copernicus and the anniversary of the first GPS satellite - make your own satellite from recycled materials and check out stories and aerospace demonstration stations. National Museum of the United States Air Force, 1100 Spaatz St., Wright-Patterson AFB OH; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 937255-3286 or


Families with children ages 2 - 10 are invited to an indoor funfest with games, activities, a children’s clothing and toy sale, face painting, food, prizes and more. Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church, 5950 Montgomery Road; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 513-631-0170.

Learn some basic vocabulary while listening to stories read in German. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or


The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra will host a special concert by the NSO with residency conductor Hugh Wolf, who will lead the NSO through works by Beethoven, Daugherty and Ravel. Florence Baptist Church, 642 Mt. Zion Road; 8 p.m.; $10 - $28; 859-431-6216 or


Take a tour through the sugar bush to follow maple syrup from tree to table in this program designed for all ages. Pattison Park, 2228 US Highway 50, Batavia; 1 p.m.; 513-876-9013 or


Families are invited to a screening of Shrek Forever After this evening. Sharonville Fine Arts Center, 11165 Reading Road; 6 p.m.; $1 per person, free ages 2 and younger; 513-563-2895.


The Catskill Puppet Theatre will bring art, music, drama and American folk culture together in a tale about jealousy and heroic forces from both Mother Nature and the audience. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle; 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.; $5 ages 4 - 18, $6 adults; 513-421-3888 or

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Celebrate Black History Month with this program based on the book by Jeanette Winter. Experience the plight of slaves as they take a dangerous journey to freedom, using the winter constellations as their guide. Drake Planetarium, 2020 Sherman Ave.; 7 p.m.; $6 in advance, $7 at the door; 513-396-5579 or


ake a trip into the jungles of Brazil and Africa with Antonio Rocha, who uses stories and mime and sound effects to tell animal tales with ecological themes in this presentation from the Rosenthal Next Generation Theatre Series. “The Rosenthal Next Generation Theatre Series has been enchanting families year after year,” says Director of Education Mark Lutwak, “because the high level of performances is great enough to appeal to both children and the families in the audience.” Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle; 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.; $5 ages 4 - 18, $6 adults. Call 513421-3888 or visit


Ages 2 - 5 can get in shape with a lesson in geometry and art that includes some interactive storytelling. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive 10 - 11:30 a.m.; $4 parking; 513-721-ARTS (2787) or cincinnatiartmuseum. org.


Please see Feb. 10 for details.


Please see Feb. 10 for details.


Please see Feb. 15 for details.

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Learn the tricks of making maple syrup at home, including tree tapping and cooking the sap into syrup. Caldwell Nature Preserve, 430 West North Bend Road; 2 - 4 p.m.; 513-761-4313 or

Kids with the day off can splash in the waterpark, play games in the gym, create art projects and enjoy the Club J room. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. with before and after care available; $48 members, $58 nonmembers, $6 - $12 for before and/or after care; 513-761-7500, mmiller@mayersonjcc. org or




Join FantaBulous U and the YWCA in this self-wellness and self-esteem building event for girls of all ages. Participants will play games, get a little pampering, and learn about better health, while a portion of the proceeds will benefit the YWCA’s Family Violence Prevention Program. 9159 Lighthouse Way; 3 - 6 p.m.; $25; 513349-7684 or

Create works of art in the style of the famous Russian artist, Kandinsky. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. today and 2 - 4 p.m. Feb. 24; $5 members, $7 nonmembers plus admission ($8.50 adults, $7.50 seniors, $6.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 toddler pass); 513-2877000 or


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The Cincinnati Opera presents the first show in its education touring season - a look at music during the Civil Right Movement and the careers of opera singers Marian Anderson and Leontyne Price. Allen Temple A.M.E. Church (7080 Reading Road); 11 a.m.; 513-7685562 or


Learn how to turn on your newborn’s “calming reflex” it’s like an off-switch for crying and will help even fussy babies relax. Bethesda North Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road; 6:45 p.m.; $50 per couple; 513-4754500 or


Join this class designed for kids to learn about the sweet tradition of maple sugaring - see a movie, take a hike, and taste some samples. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.; $4 plus a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or

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The Affinity Center will host Dr. Doug Pentz for a session on ADHD and addiction for families with AD/HD, during the Suburban Cincinnati Chapter of CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder). First Baptist Church of Mason, 735 Reading Road; 6:45 p.m.; free members, $3 nonmembers; 513-984-1000 or


Please see Feb. 8 for details.


Kevin Hoffman, author of Growing Up Black in White, will discuss his story of growing up a mixed-race child in a Caucasian family during the civil rights movement. Adoption Connection, 8487 Ridge Road; 6 - 9:30 p.m.; $15 per person, $20 per couple; 513-489-1616 or



Please see “Now Playing” on page 39 for details.


Please see Feb. 21 for details.


Please see Feb. 10 for details.


Young adult author Kim Harrison will discuss and sign her book, Pale Demon. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 7 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth. com.


Ages 2 and older are invited for nature-themed stories, songs and activities with the staff from Imago Earth Center. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or


Grades 7 and 8 are invited to a trip to Perfect North Slopes for a day of skiing and snowboarding. Start with breakfast, then head to the slopes. Space is limited, please register. Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave.; 8:45 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $45 resident, $50 non-resident; 513-388-4515 or


Learn what to pack in a pocket emergency kit, how to build a simple shelter and some basic fire building techniques. Pattison Park, 2228 US Highway 50, Batavia; 10 a.m.; 513-876-9013 or

Please see Feb. 15 for details.

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Learn some new French vocabulary while listening to stories read in French. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-7312665 or


This family and teens arts festival will feature a performance from the Know Theatre Company in Music Hall, followed by art-making activities and performances at SCPA. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.; 10 a.m.; School for Creative and Performing Arts, 108 West Central Pkwy.; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.;


Please see “Spotlight” on page 36 for details.


Experience the daily activities of Ohio’s early founders during this weekend devoted to the 18th century, including artisans and traders demonstrating their craft. Cincinnati History Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 12 - 5 p.m. today and Feb. 27; free with admission ($8.50 adults, $7.50 seniors, $6.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 toddler pass); 513-287-7000 or


Stop by to take an abbreviated class at CFEC — learn about signing with your infant, join a creative movement class, take some Spanish lessons and more. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 3:30 - 5 p.m.; 513-591-2332 or


Madcap Puppets will set audiences soaring in this retelling of the amazing Wright Brothers’ dream to build a flying machine from the ARTrageous Saturday series.

Raymond Walters College Theater, Raymong Walters College, 9555 Plainfield Road, Blue Ash; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; $5; 513-745-5705 or

p.m.; free admission, $6 parking; 513-252-0077 or or


Adults, adolescents and families living with inflammatory bowel disease are invited to an education day sponsored by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, featuring keynote speaker Frank Sileo, PhD, author of “Toilet Paper Flowers: A Story for Children with Crohn’s Disease” and “Hold the Cheese Please: A Story for Chidlren About Lactose Intolerance.” The Manor House, 7440 Mason-Montgomery Road, Mason; 12 - 4 p.m. (registration begins at 11 a.m.); $7 per person; 513636-8160 or

The Cincinnati Opera presents the first show in its education touring season — a look at music during the Civil Right Movement and the careers of opera singers Marian Anderson and Leontyne Price. School for Creative and Performing Arts, 108 West Central Pkwy.; 1:55 p.m.; free; also at National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 East Freedom Way; 6 p.m.; $5; 513-768-5562 or


Cloth diapers aren’t as cumbersome as you might think. Learn about the advantages of using cloth diapers with information from Good Natured Baby. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11:15 a.m.; 513-591-2332 or


The Cincinnati Zoo will present this program for all ages focusing on the winged wonders of the world. Sharonville Community Center, 10990 Thornview Drive 7 p.m.; $3 in advance, $5 at the door; 513-563-2895.


Start making your plans for the summer! Meet representatives from dozens of residential and local day camps including sports camps, arts camps, science camps, and more. Plus, enjoy live entertainment and plenty of giveaways! Rotunda, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 a.m. - 3



Please see Feb. 26 for details.


Teens and adults can hike along one of the ravines used by escaping slaves on their way to abolitionist homes, followed by a look at some historical documents and maps. LaBoiteaux Woods, 5400 Lanius Lane; 1 - 3 p.m.; 513-542-2909 or


Use a variety of materials to sculpt a three-dimensional piece of art. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; $5 members, $7 nonmembers plus admission ($8.50 adults, $7.50 seniors, $6.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 toddler pass); 513-287-7000 or

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ongoingevents For more ongoing events, visit or Cincinnati Museum Center, Union Terminal 1301 Western Ave., 513-287-7000, CLEOPATRA: THE SEARCH FOR THE LAST QUEEN OF EGYPT

Cleopatra’s story fascinates all ­ — view recently discovered artifacts and get a behind-the-scenes look at the ongoing expeditions of Dr. Sahi Hawass and Franck Goddio as they search for the story of the last queen of Egypt. $15 - $23.


See works based on metamorphosis, evolution and change from leading Cincinnati artists, as well as the life and work of Charles Darwin. John A. Ruthven Gallery; museum hours.


For 20 years, the Hubble Space Telescope gave us dazzling views of the cosmos. Enjoy awe-inspiring imagery in this OMNIMAX film narrated by Leonardo Di Caprio. $7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors, $5.50 ages 3 - 12.

Cincinnati Art Museum (CAM) 953 Eden Park Drive 721-ARTS (2787) ARTWORLD

Stop by the CAM between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays for hands-on activities and art making inspired by current exhibitions.


These weekend tours led by CAM docents feature touchable objects and hands-on ARTSTOPS. Meet at 1 p.m. on Saturdays; 3 p.m. on Sundays.

See Everything Thomas at EnterTrainment Junction this month.


Stories and activities with weekly themes for ages PreK and older. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 7800 Montgomery Road; Thursdays at 11 a.m.; 513-794-9320.


This class teaches simple Bible truths to children 20 months - 5 years using the FaithWeaver Friends curriculum that includes Bible stories, crafts, snacks and activities. Church of the Saviour United Methodist, 8005 Pfeiffer Road; Wed at 9 - 11:30 a.m.; $10 for one child, $15 for families of two or more;


Ages 6 - 12 can learn about the beauty and strength behind African dance. Bi-Okoto Cultural Centre, 7030 Reading Road, Ste. 662; 11:15 a.m. on Sat; 513-6962112 or


Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East Sixth St., 513-345-8400,

Ages 6 - 12 are invited to build confidence, listening skills and discipline through African drumming. Bi-Okoto Cultural Centre, 7030 Reading Road, Ste. 662; 10 a.m. on Sat; 513-696-2112 or



An artist will join families to help create art projects in the UnMuseum. Meet from 1 - 4 p.m. on the fourth Saturday of each month. $7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors, $5.50 students with ID, $4.50 ages 3 - 13, free ages younger than 3.


Ages 3 - 7 and a caregiver can explore their imaginations and express their creativity in the UnMuseum. Meet at 10:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. $7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors, $5.50 students with ID, $4.50 ages 3 - 13, free ages younger than 3.

Miscellaneous events continuing this month: ARTSTOP WORKSHOPS (AR)

Children are invited to explore their creative side in these artistic series that meet once a week for eight weeks. The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington; $10; 859-491-2030 or

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EnterTrainment Junction is home for Thomas the Train and his friends this month — check out Thomas train layouts, videos, Thomas and Friends Scavenger Hunts and Crafts, an indoor kids’ train ride and hobby shop. EnterTrainment Junction, 7379 Squire Ct.; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Mon - Sat (closed Wed), 12 - 6 p.m. Sun, Feb. 1 - 28; $12.95 adults, $9.95 children, free ages 3 and younger; 513-898-8000 or


Bring your little ones to hear favorite stories and listen to new tales each week. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m. on Mon, Wed and Fri; 513396-8960 or


Ages 6 months - Kindergarten can make crafts, play games, and have a snack with friends while parents run errands, meet with friends, or have some time away from the demands of parenthood. Church of the Saviour United Methodist, 8005 Pfeiffer Road; Tue at 9 - 11:30 a.m. or 12 - 2:30 p.m., lunch bunch from 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m.; $10 for one child, $15 for families of two or more, $5 lunch bunch;


Ages 2 - 4 can join blue manatee’s artist-in-residence, Miss Kelli, to read a picture book, followed by an art project based on the book. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10 a.m. on Mon; $5 per child; 513-731-2665 or


Ages 4 - 7 can explore the elements of art with Miss Kelli. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 1:30 p.m. on Fri; $5 per child; 513-731-2665 or


Babies up to age 4 are invited for stories and songs. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 9:30 a.m. on Sat; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks. com.





Ages 20 months - 5 years will learn how to praise and worship with songs, dancing, puppets, play games and more. Church of the Saviour United Methodist, 8005 Pfeiffer Road; Thur at 9 - 11:30 a.m.; $10 for one child, $15 for families of two or more; The U.S. Bank Ice Rink is open for some outdoor ice skating. Please note times are subject to change for weather or special events. Fountain Square, downtown; 12 - 6 p.m. Sun - Wed, 12 - 8 p.m. Thu, 12 - 10 p.m. Fri - Sat through Feb. 20; $3 to skate, $3 skate rental; 513-381-0782 or

Meet with other moms for support and answers to your “new mom” questions. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 10:30 a.m. on Wed and Fri, 11:30 a.m. on Feb 19; 513-591-2332 or Join the Naturalist for a salamander-themed story time. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 10:45 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Wed - Sun, Feb. 16 - March 13; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521PARK (7275) or

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Enjoy half-price admission to the Zoo everyday this month! Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St.; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. through Feb. 28; $7 adults (originally $14), $4.50 ages 2 - 12 and seniors (originally $9); 513281-4700 or


Enjoy a playground atmosphere indoors in this drop in and play program where kids can burn off energy. Parents must remain on-site and supervise their children. Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave.; 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Tue and Thu through April 14 (excluding March 29 and 31); $2 per child; 513-388-4515 or




Set at a country house in Sweden during the turn of the century, this performance features love stories for lovers, dreamers and fools. Cohen Family Studio Theater, College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati campus; Feb. 3 - 5; 513-556-4183 or


Get ready for finger puppet fun with Miss Gail. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; Wed at 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665;

Storyteller David Gonzalez uses speech, sound, mime and dance to engage little audiences in this performance from the Rosenthal Next Generation Theatre Series. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle; 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12; free as part of ArtsWave Sampler Weekend; 513-421-3888 or




This sign language series is for families who already have the basics mastered. Make trips to local parks, the Zoo and the Aquarium much more fun by learning signs of animals and more. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11:30 a.m. on Tue; $13 per class; 513-591-2332 or


Learn how to talk to your children as early as nine months with sign language. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11:30 on Wed or Sat; $13 per class; 513-591-2332 or


Add a third language to your child’s vocabulary and teach them to sign in Spanish. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; Wed at 11:30 a.m.; $13 per class; 513-591-2332 or


Parents and grandparents with children ages birth - 5 are invited to experience activities like guest speakers, crafts, games, stories and snacks. Trinity Community Church, 3850 E. Galbraith Road, 1 - 2:30 p.m., first and third Tuesday; 513-791-7631 or


Enjoy a day out with and for the kids, including lunch! Church of the Saviour United Methodist, 8005 Pfeiffer Road; 9 - 11:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (lunch bunch) and 12:30 - 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and 9 - 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday; $10 for one child, $15 for families, $5 additional for lunch bunch; 513-7913142 or

Annie Oakley stars in her own Wild West Show, full of tall tales and stunts that bring American history to life — all with help from Madcap Puppets. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle; 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Feb. 5; $5 ages 4 - 18, $6 adults; 513-421-3888 or


Neil Simon’s self-portrait as a teen in the late 30s features a Brooklyn family — a formidable mother, an overworked father, a worldly older brother and a widowed aunt — sure to deliver laughs as well as tears. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave; through Feb. 6; $21 adults, $19 seniors and students; 513-421-6550 or


Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Off the Hill program presents this kid-friendly twist on Homer’s Iliad. Recommended for ages 10 and older, the play features dramatic scenes on Earth contrasted with a comic war the gods fight on Mt. Olympus. Silverton Paideia Academy, 6829 Winton Road, 3 p.m. on Feb. 5; Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road, 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 5; Miami University VOA Learning Center, 7847 VOA Park Drive, 3 p.m. on Feb. 6; Evendale Cultural Arts Center, 10500 Reading Road, 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 11; Baker Hunt Art and Culture Center, 620 Greenup St., Covington, 7 p.m. on Feb. 12; Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave., 2 p.m. on Feb. 13; District A at Kennedy Heights Presbyterian Church, 6312 Kennedy Ave., 7 p.m. on Feb. 19; prices vary;


This Tony-Award winning musical is based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem, and features favorite tunes, “If I Were a Rich Man,” and “Sunrise, Sunset.” Father of five daughters, Tevye struggles to maintain Jewish traditions in the face of outside influences, including the eviction of Jews from his village. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; Feb. 15 - 27; $20 - $57;


The Cincinnati Symphony POPS Orchestra is joined by special guest Monica Mancini for music from Hollywood’s most romantic films, including “Moon River,” “Alfie,” and “Days of Wine and Roses.” Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.; 8 p.m. Feb. 11 and 12, 3 p.m. Feb. 13; $25 - $94.50; 513381-3300 or


Jump in the jungle with the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati and Disney favorites Mowgli, Baloo, King Louie and the rest of the gang as they swing their way through a wild adventure to thwart the evil plans of Shere Khan. Taft Theatre, corner of Fifth and Sycamore Streets, downtown; Feb. 18 - 26; $7 - $20; 513-569-8080 or


This performance from the Cincinnati Ballet and inspired by Shakespeare’s famous comedy features two sets of lovers who are separated (and ultimately reunited) by a mischievous hobgoblin, the King and Queen of Fairies, magic and more. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; Feb. 11 - 13; $30 - $80; 513-621-5282 or


Neat freak Felix and sloppy slob Oscar have nothing in common except their shared apartment where they clash and butt heads in Broadway’s most cherished comedy. The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts, 1028 Scott Blvd.; Fri and Sat at 7:30 p.m., Sun at 3 p.m., through Feb. 13; $19; 859-957-1940 or

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Travel back to the sounds, fashion and freedom of the 60s in this revue that follows five ladies coming of age during 1960s England. Enjoy favorite songs like “To Sir With Love,” “Son of a Preacher Man,” “Downtown” and more. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave.; Feb. 24 - March 13; $21 adults, $19 seniors and students; 513-241-6550 or


Instill the love of reading in your child with a multi-sensory story time. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 10:30 a.m. on Tue and Thu, 12 p.m. on Sat; 513-591-2332 or


Two children ages 2 - 12 will be admitted free with each adult paying full price this month. Newport Aquarium, 1 Aquarium Way, Newport on the Levee; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. through Feb. 28; $22 adults; 859-261-7444 or


To have your events listed in our March calendar, send details by Wednesday, Feb. 2 to Sherry Hang at or fax to 513-252-0081.

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